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Aidan Hintermaier

Senior Aidan Hintermaier has been named a National Merit semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Aidan is among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide out of 1.6 million entrants. He was selected based on his Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores during his junior year. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment,and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.